Treating the Gulf of Maine as a whole system makes sense to Boston trial attorney Alice Richmond, who is also a trustee for the Conservancy in Massachusetts.
In the 29 years that Richmond’s family has owned a house on Cape Cod, they've seen scallops, horseshoe crabs and other sea life decline dramatically.
"Scallops were once abundant," she says. "We'd see them all the time. Not anymore. They're pretty much gone."
Her observations made sense recently when she heard a University of Maine researcher describe the decline of many species in the Gulf of Maine.
"It all made sense," Richmond says. "And it underscored the need to look at the big picture."
Richmond describes herself as “an ocean person.” “So, the scale of the challenges here really hit me. We have to do this work.”
“When you look at the Gulf of Maine from the rivers and shores out into the sea, you can see where the problems are and you can better determine what’s going to solve those problems.”
The Nature Conservancy is uinquely qualified to take the big-picture approach for conserving the Gulf of Maine, she says.
"The way The Nature Conservancy works, the way it works at a global and regional scale, the way it addresses these problems are practical and sustainable. The Conservancy wants to get these problems solved."May 20, 2013